Charles Bukowski on Scandinavian Television, and Finally the Picture of Hemingway Drunk Before Noon Appears

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During his lifetime, Charles Bukowski was more famous abroad than he was in his home country of America. As a result, many of the interviews he gave were to the foreign press. This was true even late in his life, as witnessed by this appearance on Scandinavian television. He mostly…

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Happy 93rd Birthday, Charles Bukowski

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Today would have been Charles Bukowski’s 93rd birthday. He was born on this day, August 16th, in 1920. Bukowski died in 1994, at the age of 73, leaving behind a massive body of work, including numerous short stories, columns, poetry and novels, not to mention a screenplay. There have been…

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Comedian Doug Stanhope Imagines Charles Bukowski in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

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Charles Bukowski is almost as well known for his legendary drinking as for his great body of writing. He was a lifelong drinker – alcoholic if we’re being blunt about it – and indeed enjoyed promoting the consumption of alcohol. Comedian Doug Stanhope, a Bukowski fan as well as an…

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Charles Bukowski Poem “the wine of forever”

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the wine of forever, by Charles Bukowski re-reading some of Fante’s The Wine of Youth in bed this mid-afternoon my big cat BEAKER asleep beside me. the writing of some men is like a vast bridge that carries you over the many things that claw and tear. Fante’s pure and…

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Charles Bukowski Introduction to the John Fante Novel Ask the Dust

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Charles Bukowski was a huge fan of the writer John Fante. He helped get some of Fante’s work back into circulation when he successfully lobbied his publisher Black Sparrow to start publishing Fante’s out-of-print books. He wrote the introduction for Fante’s most famous novel Ask the Dust. Here it is,…

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Charles Bukowski Poem “Captain Goodwine”

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Captain Goodwine, by Charles Bukowski one goes from being a poet to being an entertainer. I read my stuff in Florida once and the professor there told me, “you realize you’re an entertainer now, don’t you?”   I began to feel bad about that remark because when the crowd comes…

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“Barfly” Mentioned in Comic Web Series “Tales of Mere Existence” (VIDEO)

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“Tales of Mere Existence” is a series of animated shorts, written and illustrated by artist Lev Yilmaz. The series, which bares a striking name resemblance to the Charles Bukowski short story collection Tales of Ordinary Madness, was created in 2002. The connection seems less coincidental and more an homage now,…

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“my father” Charles Bukowski Poem

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In honor of father’s day, here’s a Charles Bukowski poem entitled “my father.” It appears in the poetry and short story collection Septuagenarian Stew. Bukowski’s father was abusive and as you can tell from this poem he didn’t admire the man in the least. my father, by Charles Bukowski was…

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